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UGA LAW PROFESSOR MILNER BALL RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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Monday, November 10, 2003

WRITER: Brittany Cox, 706/542-5172, lawcomm@uga.edu CONTACT: Milner Ball, 706/542-5236, mball@uga.edu; Marie Failinger, 651/523-2124

UGA LAW PROFESSOR MILNER BALL RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

ATHENS, Ga. – Milner Ball, the Harmon W. Caldwell Chair in Constitutional Law at the University of Georgia, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Hamline University School of Law’s Journal of Law and Religion. This honor is bestowed annually on someone whose life and work exemplifies the vision and work of the publication. The journal is an interfaith periodical committed to the integrated disciplines of law, religion and ethics. Last year’s award recipient, Jawdat Said, is a renowned Islamic scholar from Syria.

Also an ordained Presbyterian minister, Ball has been a major contributor to the fields of law and religion for over three decades. Through his work, he strives to promote a dialogue on the relationship between theology and law. He has authored many books on these subjects and frequently serves as a guest lecturer at leading academic institutions around the globe.

Ball supplements his scholarly pursuits with many social causes. Passionate about social justice, he is the founder of Georgia Law’s Public Interest Practicum, a program that places law students in local soup kitchens, housing projects and other settings where they offer legal support to the poor, needy and disenfranchised.

“Receiving an award of this caliber is a great honor,” Ball said. “However, I am not unique in my desire to help others. Many of my colleagues at Georgia Law are just as dedicated and perform many hours of pro bono work. I am privileged to work with them and to also be recognized in this way by Hamline’s Journal of Law and Religion.”

Ball earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and received his divinity degree from Harvard University. He completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Georgia in 1971, where he had been serving as the campus’ Presbyterian pastor. Ball has been selected twice as a Fulbright Scholar. He currently teaches courses in law and religion, race and law, constitutional law and jurisprudence.

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